June 04th – River Parana Draft

June 04th 2020

River Parana Draft

In view of the ongoing developing situation and different communications and instructions being issued by Sanitary Authorities of the Argentine Government we have chosen to send a consolidated daily report at the closing of working hours with an update of the day’s news.

National Holiday: Monday, June 15th, Güemes Day. Saturday, June 20th, Flag Day.

Covid-19 National Quarantine: The National Quarantine has now been extended until June 28th.
At the main ports the sanitary measures remain unchanged and attendance is well coordinated. The Ship’s Agency tasks are allowed to continue with few restrictions and strict sanitary procedures are applied. Upriver ports are working close to normal with strict sanitary enforcement.

As mentioned before Bahia Blanca and Necochea are very rigid imposing in nearly all cases a 14 day quarantine on arriving vessels. The 14 days are counted as from departure from the last port of call.

Export licenses: Today export licenses were issued for 360,500 metric tons of maize, 340,000 metric tons of soyameal, 50,300 metric tons of wheat, 15,000 metric tons of malt barley, 7,800 metric tons of malt and 10,000 metric tons of flint maize.

Wheat and barley 2020/2021:
The sowing of wheat for the next harvest (2020/2021 harvest) is now 30 per cent completed basis an estimated total area of 6.8 million hectares. If the estimates are correct there will be an increase of 10.3 per cent compared to 2019/2020.
Barley is now sown for 4.6 per cent on a estimated over all area of 950,000 hectares.

Soya and maize: The harvest of soya for the 2020 crop is now 98.6 per cent completed. The overall projection of the harvest remains at 49,5 metric tons.
The maize harvest is 55.6 per cent completed. The overall projection is still at 50 million tons.

River Parana draft: The small surge of water that is happening at the moment in the Upriver area is expected to last up to the end of next week. After that the River is expected to drop by about 0.30/0.50 meters into the end of June. A more solid and consistent recovery is expected for middle/end of August.
Below two rainfall maps for the River Parana catchment area.


The first map is for the last week of May. The second map is for the this first week of June. The first map, with more rainfall having happened explains the present surge. The second map shows why it is going to fade away.

Necochea: The port remains open. The town of Necochea remains in lockdown.

Bahia Blanca: Pilotage service is being rendered normally.

Will keep you posted.

Best regards,
Antares Servicios Maritimos S.A.

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